Celtic namechecked in Newcastle United lecture as Champions League joy could turn sour if they buy into one myth
Newcastle will quickly find out their fans won't win them a game in the Champions League – and could learn from Celtic's draw with Shakhtar last season.
That's according to Charlie Adam who has warned the Magpies they're in for a reality check if they expect the St James' Park crowd to get them through their home games. Eddie Howe leads his team back into the top UEFA competition after a 20-year absence and they open with a trip to Italy to face AC Milan. They then welcome PSG and Borussia Dortmund to Tyneside for a home double-header having landed in this season's Group of Death.
The home crowd at Newcastle is one of the best in England but Adam reckons they're in for a surprise if they think that will be enough to see them through nightmare games against the top sides on the Continent. And he feels Celtic's 1-1 draw with Shakhtar, where many expected to Ukrainians to falter in front of the fearsome Parkhead atmosphere, is enough evidence of that.
Adam told BBC Radio 5 Live: “Supporters don’t win you a match. Everybody said, ‘Celtic will beat Shakhtar Donetsk’ and the bubble just burst after about 10 minutes. The supporters don’t win you football matches.”